South African Girls in Gi TM – A non-profit organisation established in 2013

The home of all things Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu related for women.

The latest news, results, rankings and techniques from South African Girls in Gi.


sheena-oconnellA little under a year ago (August 2015) I attended South Africa’s first Girls in Gi camp.  It was brilliant.  The sheer number of ladies on the mat; the warm and friendly vibes; the quality of the instruction – it was all kinda amazing. I came out of the camp with some sick moves and some quality friends.  Seeing so many women of different skill levels and backgrounds and ages all mixed up in one place, all learning alongside each other was just wonderful. It’s great to see how much women’s BJJ is growing in SA, and it’s great to see how much momentum the camp added to that growth.  And did I mention the moves?  That Penny Thomas, she’s really quite good at this stuff.

Sheena O’Connell

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